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Batsheva Dance Company

Batsheva Dance Company has been critically acclaimed and popularly embraced as one of the foremost contemporary dance companies in the world. Together with Batsheva — The Young Ensemble, the Company boasts a roster of 34 dancers drawn from Israel and abroad. Batsheva Dance Company is Israel’s biggest company, maintaining an extensive performance schedule locally and internationally with over 250 performances and over 75,000 spectators per year. Known as one of the world’s preeminent contemporary choreographers, Ohad Naharin assumed the role of Artistic Director in 1990, and propelled the company into a new era with his adventurous curatorial vision and distinctive choreographic voice. Naharin is also the originator of the innovative movement language, Gaga, which has enriched his extraordinary movement invention, revolutionized the company’s training, and emerged as a growing international force in the larger field of movement practices for
both dancers and non-dancers.

On Friday, January 27, following the performance, Venetia Stifler, executive and artistic director of the Ruth Page Center for the Arts and The 2017 Ruth Page Award Committee will announce their selection for this year’s Ruth Page Award – Batsheva Dance Company and Chicago Film Archives. The Award will be presented immediately following the performance followed by a question and answer session with Batsheva’s Artistic Director Ohad Naharin and moderated by the Chicago Reader’s Matt de la Pena.


The Harris Theater and Ravinia Festival would like to thank Ruth Page Festival of Dance. 

The presentation of Batsheva Dance Company was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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